Jolly Holly has always been a favorite pick for Christmas babies, bringing to mind the symbolic shrub with lush green leaves and radiant red berries. Another name for December babies, Holly is also the flower for this month, so it’s also among the perfect names for those born during this time.
There are too many famous Hollies even to count! As for Hollywood, the name Holly is very much known. Holly Hunter needs no introduction. She was one of the leading actresses back in 1990, and even to this day, she is considered one of the greatest talents of her time.
Margot was initially derived as a French pet form of Marguerite, which ultimately came from the Greek word for pearl. Other spellings include Margo and Margaux. Nowadays, Margot is an unexpected star once again. After nearly five decades of absence, it bounced back on the charts in 2013 and is steadily on the rise.
We bet we have Margot Robbie to thank for that. Margot has been popular in many countries, including the long British royal dynasty, with its German roots, and nowadays, it has many versions and pronunciations. Margot Ramsay (not the daughter of) Margot Lee and Margot Kidder help preserve the name and keep it relevant.
Noelle is the feminine deviation of Noël, a masculine name that comes from the French word for "Christmas." Making Noelle the perfect name for December babies. For those who want a bit of French flair, they can add the diaeresis over the first E to get a more distinctive Noëlle. This name is not that common, which is why we think it might be a great choice for a winter baby.
Now, if you want to dig deep into the roots of the name, the true meaning is not just 'Christmas"; it is actually "The Lord's birthday. Yes, we know Christmas is the lord was born on December 25th; however, it's quite fascinating that someone's birthday got a word in the dictionary.
Now we must confuse Lillian, or Lilian, with Lily. One is not the shorter (or longer) version of the other, and they are completely different names. Ask any Lily or Lilian you know. The name has fascinating meanings in English, German, and Hebrew and supposedly means innocence and youth. It symbolizes a flower and is associated with softness and tranquility.
As for the famous Lilians, there is the legendary Lilian Roth, and Lilian Gish who was titled The First Woman of American Cinema back in the early days of the 20th century. Lillian Disney was an American artist who spent her days creating animation at Disney Studios.
The name Annabelle goes back many years. It has Hebrew origins like many other names on this list, so it can be found in Biblical scripts. Some claim it originates from French. Either way, after years of keeping low, Annabelle is making a comeback, and a new generation of Belles is being born.
It means beauty and grace, perfectly fitting the woman who carries it. Annabelle Stephenson is probably one of the most popular ones, best known for her role as Sara Munello in the TV show, "Revenge." Many babies who are named Annabelle over time turn into Anna or Bella, however, we prefer sticking to the original version.